XIN the Band

Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock

The first song, You Can't Go Wrongwas released on April 30, 2023, through Ditto Music, and it is available on all major streaming services and digital stores. Streaming links: (you can listen to the song on one of the streaming or the attached radio-ready mp3) Links: Streaming Services  There is no explicit content in the song.

XIN is a band with current 4 members, and adding a drummer soon. The drummer we used for this release did a one-off as a favor and is still working with his band, doing session work, and a day job. There will be more songs released, one at a time.

Chuck Smith - Bass Guitar : is from Columbus, Ohio, and currently traveling the US. He wrote the song in 1985 and played it live a few times with a Columbus band called Storm Bringer (disbanded in 1985). He has been in several bands over the years, as well as doing studio work in his home studio as well as in brick-and-mortar studios. He finally decided it was time to put the song(s) out there and contacted a few musicians that he knew to record the song to release.

Jeff Sturms - Keyboards : is originally from Festus, Missouri, now living in Florida. Even though he is a multi-instrumentalist who started playing keys because of the band YES, and Rick Wakeman, he likes music of all genres. He played and recorded with the country artist George Strait for 10 years, then moved to Nashville and opened a recording studio there where he continued to record as a session player and engineer. Selling the studio, he moved to Florida where he still records music.

Torbjørn A. Raae - Guitar : is a Norwegian musician, musical director, producer, and educator. He graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has since performed all over Norway with artists such as Åge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam), Heine Totland, Maria Mohn, and Håvard Bakke. He has performed with a number of national and international stars in addition to countless tribute acts to the giants of rock n’ roll history, mostly with the Queen tribute show "The show must go on". He has been running his own studio since 2007 and both produced and played on a number of records. Equally at home with jazz, musicals, pop, or rock, Torbjørn has been busy lately as a musical director for We Will Rock You, the musical in Oslo 

John Masaki - Vocals : did his first paid gig as a pub singer at the age of fifteen in the Norwegian countryside. He got a bachelor's degree in music at the University of Trondheim before he moved to Oslo in 2008 and trained for another two years to become a musical theater performer. He has since then done a variety of dinner shows, cabarets, party bands, etc. John has done quite a few musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Grease and We Will Rock You. He has also done lots of gigs as a backup singer for other artists such as TIX representing Norway in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. He also works as a session singer and voice actor. In 2020 John released his first full album as a lead singer – “Finally” with the Norwegian AoR band Stoneflower. His newest band Masaki will release their debut album “Feed the Flame” on July 31st, 2023.

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